International rock stars U2 are not only able to make consistently amazing musicÖapparently, they can also banish terrible diseases by simply speaking. On the band's website, www.u2.com, they have released a statement to reassure American tourists that Ireland is safe despite the widespread panic created by foot-and-mouth disease, at the behest of the Irish government. Bono relates, "We are a little surprised that the government has asked us to get involved, but we're happy to dispel any rumors that foot-and-mouth disease has made Ireland unsafe for tourists."
In fact, many Americans misunderstand that foot-and-mouth, which is not harmful to humans, is not the same as mad cow disease (we're just stupid, we can't help it). "This is a ridiculous misunderstanding," Bono said. "We
would like to tell everyone that Ireland is a perfectly safe
place for a vacation. All of us in the band live and work
there. It's a great place for a vacation and we hope
everyone will continue to visit." There, done.
U2 are currently touring the US with PJ Harvey on their Elevation Tour.